Quality of Life

78% of Lewis County Residents rate the quality of life as good or excellent.

Lewis County, NY offers some of the safest communities in New York State to plant your family roots and watch them grow.  Safe and quiet villages with excellent school systems, recreational opportunities and engaging communities is why Lewis County is the natural choice to live, work and play.

Nestled in the scenic region of Northern New York, Lewis County is easily accessible from several major interstates and is only 40 miles south of the Canadian border. Located in the Black River Valley, it is within a day's drive from major North East cities, such as New York City, Boston, and Buffalo.

Part of the charm that makes up the communities of Lewis County is the array of year-round attractions. The nationally recognized Lowville Cream Cheese festival brings food, games, music and family fun each September, with over 15,000 attendees. The Tug Hill brings snowmobilers in the winter, and ATVers in the summers, and the Adirondacks bring hikers, horse back riders, and campers. During the summers, you can find free Village band concerts, Food Truck Fridays events, music festivals and more.

Our low cost of living, excellent quality of life ratings, and safe, friendly neighborhoods are home to many friendly and welcoming people. These people love to call Lewis County home, and we hope you and your business do too.

From the 2016 JCC Center for Community Studies survey of Lewis County citizens:
  • Overall Quality of life is good or excellent: 81%
  • Quality of K - 12 education is good or excellent: 85%
  • Quality of health care is good or excellent: 62%
  • Overall Quality of the Environment is good or excellent: 83%

Low Cost of Living

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No matter where you reside in Lewis County, you will always be a part of a community.


Friendly Neighborhoods. Safe Communities.

From apartments to country homes, to townhomes and waterfront properties, Lewis County offers an array of housing options for purchase or for rent

What Does Lewis County Offer?

  • Family Friendly Communities: Lewis County offers a great selection of single-family homes with excellent schools, communities and attractions.
  • Country Living: Scenic homes along the back country roads, as well as small towns and villages.
  • Homes with Views: From views of the scenic Tug Hill Plateau, Black River Valley, and Adirondack Park, Lewis County has an array of homes with beautiful panoramic views.

Housing & Townhomes

  • Maple Run Homes, Inc., Lowville NY - New development located just outside of the Village of Lowville overlooking the Black River Valley. Homes range from 2800sq.ft. to 4400sq.ft. that are extremely energy efficient, modern and strategically located. Contact: Dr. James Coffman, 315-376-4989


Nationally Ranked Education

Approximately 6,900 students attend classes from pre-k through high school throughout Lewis County. All schools provide comprehensive programs needed to meet the academic and special education standards and state requirements of students. State accredited schools include public, parochial and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

A number of higher education institutions are located within a one and a half hour drive from Lewis County, NY. These colleges and universities offer programs that include liberal arts, engineering, business, renewable energy systems and environmental studies, many of which are streamlined into the local North Country workforce.

Quality Healthcare

Committed to our Communities

Lewis County General Hospital & Residential Health Care Facility (LCGH/RHCF) is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and 160-bed Nursing Home facility that also offers Hospice and Home Health Care services for residents. The facility also plays a vital role in improving the local community. Not only does LCGH provide critical health care and 24/7 emergency services, the facility continues to contribute vital resources to our communities through jobs, tax revenue, and capital improvements.

With over 650 employees, LCGH is also one of the largest employers in the County. LCGH/RHCF spends millions per year on goods and services necessary to maintain our facilities. These dollars are reinvested in the County through employee and hospital spending which directly impacts the local economy.

The facility also operates four off-site health centers. The centers are staffed by physicians and physician assistants employed by the hospital. These sites, located in Beaver Falls, Copenhagen, Harrisville and Lyons Falls, help to bring the skills of the staff and the modern technology of the facility directly to the local communities.

The hospital recently remodeled and enlarged the Diagnostic Imaging Department. The cornerstone of the new center is the first and only 3D Digital Mammography Unit and 3D Automated Dense Breast Ultrasound in the North Country. We are proud of offering some of the latest technology available in the ongoing fight against breast cancer.